Brewers Reportedly Going After Gio Gonzalez (UPDATE)

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Brewers Reportedly Going After Gio Gonzalez (UPDATE)

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So, are the Nationals selling or what? Because they’ve got a GM out there saying he believes in the team and Bryce Harper isn’t going anywhere, ownership that reportedly pulled the plug on seller deals that the front office wanted to make … but now this:

The Brewers have added to their bullpen (Joakim Soria) and added to their middle infield by way of Mike Moustakas pushing Travis Shaw to second base, so the only spot left for them to address was their rotation.

But without a guy like Gonzalez coming onto the market, it was starting to look like the Brewers’ only option would be a huge piece like Chris Archer or bust. Understandable, then, that they’d pursue Gonzalez, but now we wait to see if he’s actually being made available.

To be honest, though, when a tweet like that comes out on deadline day, it makes me wonder if it’s just the prelude to a revelation that they’ve already long been in talks and it’s a deal that’s going down imminently.

Gonzalez, 32, is having a down year relative to last season, but basically typical for him otherwise: 3.78 ERA, 3.99 FIP, 20.7% K rate, 11.5% BB rate. Solid, and a steady presence for their needy rotation. He’s making $12 million this year before reaching free agency.

UPDATE: Looks like someone reached right out to Rosenthal on his report – probably someone with the Nationals, and perhaps someone as confused as the rest of us on what they’re actually going to do:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.